Carbon-Free Energy

Accelerating the transition to carbon-free energy.

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In 2007, we became carbon neutral and in 2017, we became the first company of our size to match 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. We’re carving a path forward to fully decarbonize our electricity supply and operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.

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Spurring over $7 billion of investment worldwide

5.5GW
5.5 GW (or 5,500 MW) of renewable energy projects under contract around the world

24/7 Carbon-Free Energy: Every hour. Everywhere.

Our mission is to organize the world’s information. Every Google search you do requires a tiny amount of energy used by the servers in our data centers. With millions of searches per minute and trillions per year, it adds up to a whole lot of energy. Our mission won’t change, but we recognized early on that the energy we use to deliver our services must.

Why is energy important to Google? Reliable electricity supply from our data centers is the fuel that enables us to deliver your search results, emails, YouTube video plays, Cloud Platform services, and much more. And the emissions associated with our electricity consumption have comprised the majority of our carbon footprint.

We use a lot of energy as a company and we've worked hard to address our climate impacts. It began in 2007 when we became the first company to go carbon neutral -- offsetting as much carbon as our operations generated. In the process, we worked to make Google data centers some of the most energy efficient in the world. As renewable energy technologies became more available, we sought to match 100% of our annual consumption with purchases of renewable energy. In 2017, we became the first company of our size to achieve that goal. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

But we're not stopping there. Our 100% renewable match was only an interim solution, and the urgency of the climate challenge demands a bigger and bolder vision. That’s why we’ve announced a first-of-its-kind target to achieve 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy by 2030. We’re carving a path forward to fully decarbonize our electricity supply and operate on carbon-free energy entirely. Carbon-energy every hour, every day, everywhere.

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Accelerating the transition to carbon-free energy

Round-the-clock carbon-free energy is something that’s never been done before, but at Google we never shy away from a challenge. To make 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy a reality for us, we need to help revolutionize energy for everyone. How? In 2019, we made the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history. We work with partners to help demonstrate and commercialize new technologies. We develop and advocate for policies to clean the electricity grid. We continuously apply our own software and machine learning to optimize clean energy across the industry. And we share our learnings and techniques so other companies can follow suit. It’s going to take all hands on deck to get it done, and it starts with us.

What this means for you

When we run our operations on round-the-clock carbon-free energy, it means you are using a cleaner internet. 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy is about moving beyond offsets to remove carbon from our energy supply completely. Our energy projects not only help power our Google apps and services -- the large-scale installation of solar panels, wind turbines, and other carbon-free technologies also catalyze economies and create local jobs. Every time you search, email, upload photos, or watch videos, you can be confident that we are making it happen with carbon-free energy.

Learn more about how we are aiming to achieve 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy by 2030

Resources

  • 2019

    Unlocking access to corporate renewable energy purchasing in Taiwan

    Unlocking access to corporate renewable energy purchasing in Taiwan

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  • 2018

    Belgian site becomes first Google data center to add on-site solar

    Belgian site becomes first Google data center to add on-site solar

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  • 2017

    The Internet is 24x7 - carbon-free energy should be too

    The Internet is 24x7 - carbon-free energy should be too

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  • 2016

    Machine learning finds new ways for our data centers to save energy

    Machine learning finds new ways for our data centers to save energy

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